Assistant Professor of Cell and Molecular Biology
Department of Biological Science
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics
The Department of Biological Science at California State
University, Fullerton (https://www.fullerton.edu/biology/
invites applications for a tenure‐track Assistant Professor
position in cell and molecular biology with an appointment to begin
California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is an R2 public
University and a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution.
CSUF is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a
strong commitment to increasing the diversity of the campus
community and the curriculum, fostering an inclusive environment.
Candidates who can contribute to this goal through their teaching,
research, advising, and other activities are encouraged to identify
their strengths and experiences in this area. Individuals advancing
the University's strategic diversity goals and those from groups
whose underrepresentation in the American professoriate has been
severe and longstanding are particularly encouraged to apply.
CSUF is the largest university in the 23-campus California State
University (CSU) system, serving the Southern California region,
particularly Orange County. With 57 undergraduate and 52 graduate
degree programs, including doctorates in education and nursing
practice, CSUF has graduated over 400,000 students since its
establishment in 1957. The university's economic impact on Orange
County exceeds $2 billion and supports over 15,000 jobs. Notably,
nearly 80% of CSUF alumni reside within close proximity to the
campus. Recognized for its commitment to diversity, CSUF ranks
third nationally for the number of bachelor's degrees awarded to
underrepresented students and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving
Institution (HSI). In the county, where 34% of the population
identifies as Hispanic or Latino origin, CSUF stands as one of only
two four-year public HSIs.
CSUF is committed to retaining all faculty and has established
affinity groups you can join to support your success.
The Department of Biological Science
in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at California
State University, Fullerton is seeking a tenure-track Assistant
Professor who will lead a research program in the area of cell and
molecular biology and who has a commitment to inclusive educational
We seek a candidate with a strong research record in cell and
molecular biology and commitment to excellence in teaching and
mentoring a diverse student population. The successful candidate
will be expected to maintain an active research program that leads
to peer-reviewed publications and external funding. Research may be
related to any area of cell and molecular biology and will involve
undergraduate and Master's students. Teaching responsibilities will
include lecture and laboratory-supervision of introductory cell
biology. Teaching opportunities may also include other majors'
courses including upper-division and graduate-level courses in the
candidate's area of expertise. New faculty receive start-up funds,
research lab space, and reduced instructional workload over their
first two years to establish a research program. Preference will be
given to those with relevant teaching experience using
student-centered learning approaches.
The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join the
transdisciplinary Centers for Applied Biotechnology Studies (CABS,
Computational and Applied Mathematics (CCAM, http://www.fullerton.edu/ccam/
The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to and
participate in the life and development of the department, advise
students, serve on committees, and participate in the broader
university and disciplinary communities.
- A strong background in cell and molecular biology and a Ph.D.
in a relevant discipline from an accredited university;
- Postdoctoral experience (at least two years by the time of
hire) demonstrating the ability to develop an externally funded,
independent research program in the area of cell and molecular
biology involving undergraduate and Master's students.
- A strong commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring at
the undergraduate and Master's level, using student-centered,
active-learning, and inquiry-based approaches;
- The ability to teach lower and upper-division cell biology
courses, and upper-division or graduate-level courses in the
candidate's area of expertise;
- A demonstrated commitment to teaching diverse student
populations and ability to communicate effectively with an
ethnically, culturally, and socioeconomically diverse campus
A complete online application
must be received by electronic submission to be considered. To
apply, please visit http://hr.fullerton.edu/careers/Faculty.php,
choose full-time faculty, search for the position
532060, and provide the following required
materials (in pdf format):
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover letter in which the applicant describes their unique
qualifications for the position, and motivation to teach at CSUF
and live and work in southern California and responds to the
qualifications for the position (2-page limit).
- Statement of Teaching and Mentoring Philosophy (3-page
- The Department of Biological Science is committed to excellence
in teaching in our classrooms and in our laboratories.
- This statement should provide the candidate's unique
perspective and experience with student-centered, active teaching
and learning techniques.
- If possible, describe mentorship (academic and/or non-academic)
- Statement of Research Plans (3-page limit)
- The Department of Biological Science values faculty research as
evidence of scholarship and as a means to engage and train
- This statement should describe the candidate's research program
including short and long-term research goals and plans for seeking
- Indicate how undergraduate and graduate students will
participate and contribute to these goals.
- Three documents that provide evidence of the candidate's
experience or commitment to teaching and research. One document
that addresses teaching (e.g., curriculum development, syllabus)
and two that address research (e.g., peer-reviewed publications,
funding applications). Submit these three documents as a single
- Candidate Statement on Commitment to Inclusive Excellence: This
statement should provide your unique perspective on past and
present contributions to and future aspirations for promoting
diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice in your
professional career. The purpose of this statement is to help the
department identify candidates who have professional experience,
intellectual commitments, and/or willingness to engage in
activities that could help CSUF contribute to its mission in these
areas (2-page limit).
- A list of three references with relevant contact
- Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the
application process. Please have these ready for the referents to
submit. On the References page of the online application, enter
information and email addresses for three referents who will
provide a confidential letter of reference for your application. At
the appropriate time in the search process, they will receive a
request via email along with information on uploading the letter.
You will be able to verify that each letter has been received by
CSUF by logging back into your applicant portal.
Finalists will be asked to have each of their three referents
submit a letter of recommendation. Please have these ready for the
referents to offer should you proceed to this search phase.
For inquiries about the position, please call (657) 278-3614 or
To be assured full
consideration, all application materials must be received by
January 11, 2024. The anticipated appointment date is August
The College and Department
The College of
Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM; http://www.fullerton.edu/nsm/) is
dedicated to the principle that teaching and research are
intricately mixed and that undergraduate and M.S. graduate
research, when properly approached, is an integral part of
teaching. This fine balance between teaching and research is CNSM's
The Department of Biological Science, with 28 active full-time
faculty members, has long been committed to an educational program
that includes extensive involvement of diverse undergraduate and
graduate students in research. Over 50% of our majors are from
underrepresented groups with 51% Hispanic/LatinX, 2% Black and 5%
multiethnic. Approximately 47% of our students come from
economically disadvantaged backgrounds and 30% are the first in
their family to pursue a college degree. The Department has
undergraduate concentrations in cell and developmental biology,
ecology and evolutionary biology, marine biology, molecular biology
and biotechnology, and plant biology, and offers interdisciplinary
non-degree minors in biotechnology, cell and molecular biology, and
environmental biology. The Department also offers a Master of
Science in Biology. We have several active, externally funded
training programs that support undergraduate research and
contribute to the diversity of STEM fields. The Department is an
active participant in the system-wide California State University
(CSU) Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology
The Department also fosters several research oriented programs,
including the Bridges to Stem Cell Research (BSCR) Program, Cancer
Research Education Program (CREP), Creating Opportunities through
Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem cell Science (COMPASS)
Program, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP),
McNair Scholars Program, Minority Health and Health Disparities
Research Training (MHRT) Program, Neurocognitive Aging and
Analytics Research Education (NAARE) Program, Research Careers
Preparatory (RCP) Program, and Undergraduate Research Training
Initiative for Student Enhancement (U-RISE) Program (https://www.fullerton.edu/biology/undergrad/research.php).
The Department is well-equipped with modern research instruments
and laboratory facilities that include several fluorescence
microscopes, a confocal microscope, flow cytometer, and cell
culture and animal housing facilities. Annual departmental research
funding is approximately $6.5 million from internal and external
sources, and collaborative and interdisciplinary research is
encouraged. Further information about the department is available
The Assistant Professor
(Academic Year) classification salary range is $5,405 to $11,994
monthly (12 monthly payments per academic year). The anticipated
hiring range is $6,856 to $7,000 per month.
Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from
paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or
another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work (https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/california_equal_pay_act.htm).
Summer research grants and moving expenses may be available.
An excellent comprehensive
benefits package includes health/vision/dental plans; spouse,
domestic partner, and dependent fee‐waiver; access to campus
child‐care; and a defined‐benefit retirement through the state
system and optional tax sheltering opportunities. For a detailed
description of benefits, please visit https://hr.fullerton.edu/total-wellness/.
The person holding this position
is considered a ‘mandated reporter' under the California Child
Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and must comply with the
requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083, revised July
21, 2017, as a condition of employment.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be
completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be formally
offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete
the background check may affect the application status of
applicants or the continued employment of current CSU employees who
apply for the position.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants
with disabilities who self‐disclose.
Notice of Non-Discrimination based on Gender or Sex and Contact
Information for Title IX Coordinator (http://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/about/notice.php).
In accordance with the California State University (CSU)
Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is a state entity whose
business operations reside within the State of California. It
requires hiring employees to perform CSU-related work within the
State of California.
To apply, visit https://careers.pageuppeople.com/873/fl/en-us/job/532060/assistant-professor-of-cell-and-molecular-biology